Obituary, week of December 4, 2021


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Sister Anne Lorraine Hanna, CSJ, a sister of Saint-Joseph for 66 years, who died on November 1st. Born Joan Lorraine to James and Florence Hanna, sister Anne grew up in Queens, where she attended St. Joan of Arc Elementary School and Mary Louis Academy. After graduation, and inspired by the sisters she met in high school, Sister Anne entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1955 and received her Bachelor of Education from Brentwood College. Her ardent love of children and concern for their well-being within the family structure motivated her to obtain a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Catholic University of America.

Sister Anne taught elementary school at St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill, and Sacred Heart Seminary, Hempstead, New York, as well as St. Joseph College, Brooklyn. In 1969, her goal took her to Suffolk County and the parishes of St. Peter the Apostle and St. Sylvester, as the Religious Education Coordinator. Her tireless and compassionate presence has extended to her assignments at the Rockville Diocese Center in the Office of Catechism and Worship and as Director of Family Life for the County of Suffolk. Sister Anne also served for 10 happy and memorable years as the Program Director of the Mercy Center in Sayville, New York, where her varied talents and interpersonal skills enriched all who were fortunate enough to benefit from her wisdom and his compassion. Her joyful face always shone with a peace born of a personal and deep relationship with her God and of a prayerful commitment to her religious community.

Sister Anne was a talented artist, through which she expressed her deep faith in the greatness of God in all of creation and our earthly community. Examples of his work adorn the walls of the first-floor hall of the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Convent in Brentwood.

His wake and Christian burial mass were celebrated by Reverend James Wood on November 10 in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Brentwood, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery on the grounds of the convent.


Founding Director of the USCCB Secretariat For black Catholics was a “great advocate”

BALTIMORE (CNS) – A funeral mass was offered on November 23 at St. Peter Claver Church in West Baltimore for Beverly A. Carroll, a social justice activist who has spent her life making her voice heard for Catholics African Americans from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the United States and the world. Carroll, founding director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Black Catholics, died on November 13. She was 75 years old.

“She was a great advocate for the community, the church, the African Americans in the church,” said Father Josephite Ray P. Bomberger, pastor of St. Peter Claver parish, to which Carroll was all a member. his life.

“She was interested in the church, the people in the church, what was going on, (and) how we could do it better,” he added.

Father Bomberger praised Carroll’s dedication to his church, as well as his interest in education and social justice. Carroll, he noted, was instrumental in the rebirth of the National Black Catholic Congress. Under the leadership of Bishop John H. Ricard, former Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, the congress, which met five times at the end of the 19th century, has been reactivated. It first met in 1987 and has continued to meet every five years. One of the outcomes of that first meeting, according to NBCC documents, was the formation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, of which Carroll was the founding director.

In addition, she was a staff member of the USCCB African American Affairs Subcommittee. Carroll also led a delegation of African-American Catholic women to an international women’s meeting in Johannesburg and attended a conference held in Nigeria to implement the American Bishops’ Document on Solidarity with Africa.

Carroll is survived by his son Rudolph Weeks II, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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